Forests Ontario

Heritage Tree

The Heritage Tree Program collects and tells the stories of Ontario’s unique trees. Launched in 2009, in partnership with the Ontario Urban Forest Council, the program brings awareness to the social, cultural, historical and ecological value of trees.

For a tree to qualify, it must be associated with a historic person or event, or be growing on historically significant land. The tree’s prominence within the surrounding community and/or use as a landmark is also taken into account; however it is the historical or cultural significance of the tree that is of most importance. Register here to nominate a tree today!

Heritage Tree candidates are also assessed for form, shape, beauty, age, size, rarity, genetic constitution, and other distinctive features by volunteer evaluators from the forest industry.

How do I nominate a tree?

Anyone can nominate a tree for the Heritage Tree Program – whether it is on their own property, their friends or family member’s property or in a public space. You will need to register as a nominator before beginning the nomination process. Consent from the landowner is also required.

Heritage Tree Resources

Heritage Trees

*Map updated February 4, 2020